DirectMaterial.com Blog

  • Happy New Year from Direct Material

    Hello everyone, Happy New Year from all of us at DirectMaterial.com. We hope your year has been productive, profitable and fun. This is just a quick note to say thanks to everyone who reads our blog. Hopefully, it has been as informative and useful to you as it has been fun to...
  • How ANSI Class Relates to PSI

    Take a look through our website and you’ll see most of our pressure ratings are expressed as PSI - pounds per square inch. In this article, we’d like to talk about the exception to that rule, which is the ANSI class rating. This chart is an example of ANSI pressure...
  • What are Y-Strainers Used For?

    Y-strainers find their ways into all kinds of applications – including food preparation, cosmetics, diesel engines, and the petroleum industry. So, this week, we thought we’d talk a little about the different ways they are used. Y-Strainers can be installed horizontally or vertically with the leg down to catch debris. What...
  • How does a 3 way ball valve work?

  • Nickel-Plated Valves: What is Nickel Plating?

    Nickel-plated brass is an underrated option when it comes to valves. Combining the high shine of stainless steel with nickel-plating adds some of the anti-corrosion properties at a cost similar to brass. Nickel-plated brass is a product that should be explored further. So, that’s what we’re going to do today. Let’s start...
  • What is a Y-Strainer? (Video)

    Do you know what a Y-Strainer is? Well, as the faithful reader of this blog that I know you are, you should. Of course, I won't be offended if you haven't read the article I wrote a few months back. I know I can prattle on. Instead, you can watch this...
  • What does a UL listing mean? CSA Certification? UPC?

    When you look at the new lead-free brass ball valve (VBB02) on DirectMaterial.com, you see a lot more information on the body than the standard pressure rating and connection size. You can see from all the certification marks on the body and tag that the VBB02LH (and the non-locking version...
  • What are Oetiker Clamps? How are they used?

    This week, I thought I would devote the blog to one of the best-selling accessory items we carry – Oetiker Clamps. Drawings on this bag of 100 Oetiker ear clamps illustrate the part's ease of use. Tips for Using Oetiker Clamps Oetiker makes some of the most reliable semi-permanent clamping...
  • Lead-Free Brass - What is it? Why Buy It?

    In November, DuraChoice Co will unveil a new line of lead-free brass ball valves. I thought this would be a good time to go over what exactly “lead-free” means and why it’s important to have a lead-free brass option. DuraChoice begins shipping its new lead-free brass ball valves in November. The...
  • What kind of industrial valve are you?

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